All Items: Employee Leave Management

  • Paid Sick Leave Trend Comes South to Austin, Texas

    February 21, 2018

    Austin joins nine states and several other municipalities that have enacted paid sick leave laws in recent years. It is the first in the South to do so, establishing a beachhead for potential expansion of this trend into other liberal-leaning cities and towns in an otherwise-conservative region.

  • Maryland Paid Sick Leave Law Passed Over Governor's Veto

    January 17, 2018

    The Maryland General Assembly has voted to override Governor Larry Hogan's veto of a 2017 bill to enact the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, which mandates employers with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick and safe leave. The law is the ninth statewide paid sick leave law in the nation.

  • New York City Expands Paid Sick Leave Law

    November 17, 2017

    New York City has expanded its paid sick leave law to cover employees when they or a family member are the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking or stalking.

  • Federal Workflex Bill Would Preempt State, Local Paid Leave Laws

    November 9, 2017

    A bill introduced in the House of Representatives would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to include a voluntary option for qualified compensated leave and flexible workplace arrangements. If passed, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act will enable employers to comply with a single, national paid leave law instead of multiple state and local paid leave requirements.

  • Rhode Island Enacts Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law

    October 4, 2017

    Effective July 1, 2018, the "Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act" law will require employers with 18 or more employees to provide employees up to three days of paid sick and safe leave per calendar year.

  • 11th Circuit Upholds Pregnancy Discrimination Award for Breastfeeding Police Officer

    September 15, 2017

    The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a $161,000 jury award to an Alabama narcotics officer whose employer refused to accommodate her need to pump breast milk following her maternity leave. The jury had found the employer illegally retaliated against the officer under both the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA).

  • Trump Taps Stanton to Head Wage and Hour Division

    September 5, 2017

    The White House plans to nominate Cheryl Stanton to be Administrator of the US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. Currently executive director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, Stanton also has worked as a labor and employment attorney in both the public and private sectors.

  • Paid Parental Leave Holding Steady, SHRM Survey Finds

    March 14, 2017

    There was no statistically significant change between 2012 and 2016 in either the duration of job-guaranteed parental leave or in the provision of paid parental leave , according to a new survey of a nationally representative representative group of 920 employers.

  • Cost of Violating FLSA, FMLA, Other Laws Just Rose

    January 27, 2017

    The US Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule that increases penalties assessed after January 13, 2017, for violations that occurred after November 2, 2015.

  • HR Compliance Changes Take Effect July 1; Trends Include Minimum Wage, Military Leave and Payroll Updates

    June 21, 2016

    HR departments should get ready now to comply with a wide variety of employment law requirements that are changing on July 1. Depending on the employer's presence in various jurisdictions, a number of workplace practices may be affected by legislative changes, ranging from employment contracts to payroll.

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News: HR guidance on various intersecting federal and state laws addressing employee leaves of absences.